13 Quotes – 10/21/10

21 10 2010

1. “How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.”
-Henry David Thoreau

2. “What the detective story is about is not murder but the restoration of order.”
-P. D. James

3. “You can approach the act of writing with nervousness, excitement, hopefulness, or even despair – the sense that you can never completely put on the page what’s in your mind and heart.  You can come to the act with your fists clenched and your eyes narrowed, ready to kick ass and take down names.  You can come to it because you want a girl to marry you or because you want to change the world.  Come to it any way but lightly.  Let me say it again: you must not come lightly to the blank page.”
-Stephen King

4. “The writer who possesses the creative gift owns something of which he is not always master – something that at times strangely wills and works for itself.”
-Charlotte Bronte

5. “This is the love of your life. It’s what I want to do when I wake up. Nothing feels so absorbing, so fulfilling.”
-Martin Amis

6. “No book is worth anything which is not worth much; nor is it serviceable, until it has been read, and re-read, and loved, and loved again; and marked, so that you can refer to the passages you want in it.”
-John Ruskin

7. “A man ought to read just as inclination leads him, for what he reads as a task will do him little good.”
-Samuel Johnson

8. “I see the role of the writer as creating a room with big windows and leaving the reader to imagine. It’s a meeting on the page.”
-Kevin Crossley-Holland

9. “If you steal from one author, it’s plagiarism; if you steal from many, it’s research.”
-Wilson Mizner

10. “‘Classic’. A book which people praise and don’t read.”
-Mark Twain

11. “Writing shouldn’t come between the reader and what’s being described.  It should be as transparent as possible.”
-Diana Athill

12. “I was working on the proof of one of my poems all the morning and took out a comma.  In the afternoon, I put it back in.”

13. “This before all: ask yourself in the quietest hour of your night: must I write?  Dig down into yourself for a deep answer.  And if this should be in the affirmative, if you may meet this solemn question with a strong and simple, I must, then build your life according to this necessity.”
-Rainer Maria Rilke

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